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India Beat Kiwis By 7 Wickets In Third ODI To Confirm Second Ever Series Win In New Zealand

Written By Narayan R | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Virat Kohli and his men beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the third ODI at Mount Mount Maunganui
  • Earlier in the day, New Zealand had won the toss and chose to bat first in a must-win game for them

Virat Kohli and his men beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the third ODI at Mount Mount Maunganui, and in doing so, took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series to confirm a first series win for the Men in Blue in the country after a decade, and only just the second ever series win against the Kiwis in their own backyard.

Just like the previous two matches, it was a comfortable win for the Indian team which can't seem to do anything wrong at the present time. Having lost the toss, the Indian bowlers yet again showed why they are arguably the best in the world by bowling out the hosts for 243 within the 50 overs.

And India chased down the target with ease, much thanks to the contributions by the openers and the middle-order batsmen. Shikhar Dhawan laid down the platform with a quickfire 28, before Rohit Sharma and Kohli continued their incredible run with the bat.

The duo put on 113 for the second wicket, and took their team closer to a series win. Despite their dismissal coming in quick intervals - moments after they had reached their half-century mark respectively - the following batsmen, Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik, guided India to a victory with seven overs to spare.

Earlier in the day, New Zealand had won the toss and chose to bat first in a must-win game for them. For once, they had hoped that their openers, Martin Guptill and Colin Munro, get the team off to a good start. But that wasn't to be!

India's opening bowling duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami were at their utmost best as they removed the openers in the early stages of the innings. 

Skipper Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor, the two most senior players in the team, looked to stitch a partnership. But just as they started to look threatening, Hardik Pandya produced a stunning effort in the field to dismiss the Kiwis skipper for 28.

Despite this massive setback, the hosts rebuilt their innings through a sensational partnership between Taylor and Tom Latham. The duo added 119 for the fourth wicket, and things seemed positive for the Kiwis. 

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But Yuzvendra Chahal removed a well-set Latham for 51 in the 38th over, which caused a landslide in the Kiwis' innings. The hosts lost their final six wickets for a mere 65 runs as they ended up with just 243 on the board.

Unlike the previous games, it was the Indian pacers who wreaked havoc this time around. Bhuvneshwar and Shami took five wickets among them, while a retruring Hardik Pandya also contributed with two wickets. Yuzvendra Chahal continued on his brilliant form by picking another two wickets, though, surprisingly, his spinning partner, Kuldeep Yadav, ended wicketless.

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